Welcome to the updates page. You’ll find news about the Film Minor, upcoming events, and more. Here’s the latest:














Actor Peter Boyles dies at age 71
There is more sad news for fans of the films of the seventies. I knew Altman was ill, but I did not know that Boyle was ill as well. I don’t have much to say but I do think that Boyle (like Hackman, Nicholson, Duvall, et al.) belonged to a unique generation of American actors. I’m struck, now thinking about it, how many of the great leading male actors from this period were just plain, well…plain. Not terribly ugly, but certainly not dashingly handsome. More important, though, is that Boyle was a gifted character actor. And he raised (for me, anyway) the status of the character actor. Or maybe he was a product of his time. Perhaps, during the late sixties and early seventies, the art of acting was changing anyway, and that actors were encouraged to seek out and play characters (like “The Wizard” in Taxi Driver), rather than become a movie star. In a lot of the films from the seventies, even the leading roles (like Joe) seem like characters, real characters. Anyway, I don’t have much more to say beyond this. Everybody loves Peter. Here’s a classic clip from Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein (1974). If you’re looking for a good Peter Boyle film, check out The Candidate (dir. Michael Ritchie, 1972). Boyle gives one of his finest performances as political consultant Marvin Lucas.







The College of Charleston Student Film Festival Needs YOU!
The 2nd Annual Student Film Festival is approaching faster than you think. If you would like to help organize this exciting event (March 2007), come by ECTR 118 on Wednesday at 6:45pm to meet other volunteers. And, if you like, stick around for this week’s installment in the ¡Cult Films! series (see below).









The Film Club meets this Wednesday, November 29 @ 7:00pm in Septima Clark Auditorium (Education Center 118)
This week’s installment in the ¡Cult Films! series is French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard’s Band of Outsiders (Bande à part, 1964). This is the story of two small-time crooks who fall for the same girl (played by Godard’s then-wife, Anna Karina) and convince her to pull off a crazy heist: her own house! Quentin Tarantino has expressed his adoration for this film, which is Godard’s homage to American B-movies. Tarantino even went so far as to name his own production company after it (A Band Apart) and lift a scene or two from it for his own film Pulp Fiction. You won’t want to miss this one. Join us at 7:00pm for the film. AND IF YOU WISH TO HELP ORGANIZE IN NEXT YEAR’S STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL, COME BY AT 6:45 TO MEET WITH OTHER VOLUNTEERS. WE NEED YOU!














Director Robert Altman dies at age 81
One of the great American directors of our time passed away last night. Altman leaves behind an enormously influential body of work, including a remarkable string of great films made during the early 1970s: M*A*S*H (1970), McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), The Long Goodbye (1973), Thieves Like Us (1974), California Split (1975), and Nashville (1975). Altman returned to great form in the early 1990s with Vincent and Theo (1990), The Player (1992) and Short Cuts (1993). His most recent work, Prarie Home Companion is still in theaters. Altman is one of several maverick directors to emerge at a time—the late 1960s—when Hollywood was bankrupt, both literally and creatively. He, along with such filmmakers as Hal Ashby, Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Penn, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Rafelson, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg, built the New Hollywood and forever changed both the film industry and filmmaking in America. Altman, in particular, has directly influenced our young filmmakers, such as Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love) and Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic). Altman was awarded an honorary Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards.








The Film Club meets this Monday, November 20 @ 7:00pm in Septima Clark Auditorium (Education Center 118)
This week’s installment in the ¡Cult Films! series is Sam Peckinpah’s grisly tale, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974). The film stars the Peckinpah alum, Warren Oates (The Wild Bunch, Major Dundee, Ride the High Country) as Bennie, a piano player in a grungy Mexican bar who thinks he has nothing to lose when he agrees to a nasty deal with a powerful criminal named El Jefe: to deliver to him the head of the man who impregnated his daughter. Bennie soon learns he’s got a lot more to lose than he thought. Violent, relentless, and twisted, Peckinpah’s nightmare vision of a man’s downward spiral will leave you breathless. Join us at 7:00 pm.







Indian Film Festival at South Windemere Cinema
Have you heard of the Indian Big Screen festival? It’s not too late to catch some flicks from some of India’s more successful filmmakers at the South Windemere Cinemas. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (November 17-19) you can see Jaan-E-Mann (dir. Shirish Kunder, 2006). Contact Indian Big Screen for times.









The Film Club meets this Wednesday, November 15 @ 7:00pm in Septima Clark Auditorium (Education Center 118)
This week’s installment in the ¡Cult Films! series is a documentary double feature: Atomic Café (dir. Jayne Loder and Kevin Rafferty, 1982) and Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (dir. Todd Haynes, 1987). The first is an astonishingly funny and revealing look into the hysteria over the Bomb that engulfed American culture after World War II. The second is by filmmaker Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, Safe) and was banned by the Mattel corporation (the story of Karen Carpenter’s losing battle with anorexia nervosa is told using Barbie and Ken dolls). Hilarious, touching, torturous, bizarre. An absolute must-see. Join us at 7:00pm for this memorable cult film double bill.









The Film Club meets this Wednesday, November 8 @ 7:00pm in Septima Clark Auditorium (Education Center 118)
This week’s installment in the ¡Cult Films! series is Juzo Itami’s Tampopo (Japan, 1985). Described, jokingly, as “The First Japanese Noodle Western.” This is the story of a struggling noodle shop owner, named Tampopo (Japanese for “Dandelion”), who asks seven famous chefs to help her create the perfect noodle recipe. Sound like The Magnificent Seven? Or maybe Seven Samurai? It should, because this film is a delicious hybrid of genres and styles, including, of course, the American Western and Japanese Samurai film. Be sure to join us (and bring your chopsticks). For more info about Juzo Itami, click here.






The Film Club does not meet this Wednesday
This is a bi-week for the Film Club, so we are not meeting this Wednesday (November 1). The screenings for the ¡Cult Films! series will resume Wednesday, November 8 with Juzo Itami’s Tampopo (1985).










The Film Club meets this Wednesday, October 25 @ 7:00pm in Septima Clark Auditorium (Education Center 118)
This week’s installment in the ¡Cult Films! series is a double feature of unspeakably bizarre films: Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), and Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932). The first film, whose cult status was given an extra special boost with Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (1994) is often tauted as the “Worst Movie Ever Made.” You be the judge. The second film in our double bill comes from the otherwise conservative MGM studios (how did they let this one get by?), and it features a cast of memorably menacing carnival characters, whose final act of defiant revenge on a beautiful but avaricious trapeze artist will stay with you forever. Join us…become one of us…ONE OF US…ONE OF US…ONE OF US…ONE OF US…ONE OF US…!









The Film Club meets this Wednesday, October 18 @ 7:00pm in Septima Clark Auditorium (Education Center 118)
This week’s installment in the ¡Cult Films! series is Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train (1989). Fetauring an eclectic ensemble of performers, including Steve Buscemi, the late Joe Strummer (of The Clash), Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Nicoletta Braschi, this film is actually made up of multiple stories, all taking place at the same time and in the same place: a seedy hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, not too far from the home of Elvis. The film starts at 7:00pm in ECTR 118. As always, there will be an opportunity for informal discussion afterwards.







Start filming now!
The 2nd Annual Student Film Festival is coming. The tentative date is March 28, and the deadline for submissions will be sometime in mid-March. For more information, contact the Film Studies Program or the Student Film Club President, Jesse Berger. You can download a teaser flyer here.


















Spring 2007 Film Courses
Registration is upon us! The following is a list of courses offered (click on highlighted course titles for more info):





ARTH 293.090*

Introduction to Film Art

M 4:00-6:00 & W 4:00-5:00


ENGL 351.001 †

Studies in American Film: Film Genres

TR 1:40-2:55


ENGL 351.090 †

Studies in American Film: Film Genres

TR 4:00-5:15


ENGL 390.001 †

Studies in Film: Hitchcock

M 4:00-6:45


ITAL 370.001

New Italian Cinema

W 3:00-5:45


LTPO 270.001

Studies in Brazilian Film

TR 12:15-1:130


PHIL 185.001

Philosophy and Film

MW 3:00-5:00


RELS 280.001

Religion and Film

W 7:00-9:45



* Crosslisted with THTR 350.090

† Pre-req: ENGL 212: Cinema History and Criticism






Motorcycle Diaries rescheduled for Thursday, October 12  @ 5:00pm
The Department of Hispanic Studies has rescheduled the screening of Motorcycle Diaries, the third and final installment in their annual film series. The film was originally scheduled for October 5, but was cancelled due to a power outage. The film will be shown in ECTR 118.










The Film Club meets this Wednesday, October 11 @ 7:00pm in Septima Clark Auditorium (Education Center 118)
This week’s installment in the ¡Cult Films! series is Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Diva (France, 1981). The film stars Frédéric Andréi as Jules, an opera enthusiast whose bootleg recordings of diva Cynthia Hawkins (played by real-life diva, Wilhemenia Fernandez) get mixed up with a police surveillance recording, which in turn gets Jules mixed up with the mob. Exciting actions sequences and award-winning cinematography make Diva a great film. It’s subject matter—the strange world of the Parisian underground, the obsessive behavior of a devoted fan—make Diva a cult classic. The film starts at 7:00pm in ECTR 118. As always, there will be an opportunity for informal discussion afterwards.










ChasDoc 2006 ends today
The Charleston Documentary Film Festival ends today. If you haven’t had a chance to check out any films, do so. You can download today’s screenings here. Tonight, ChasDoc makes the move to Folly Beach for Lost Jewel of the Atlantic (2006), produced by Beetleswamp Productions and Save the Waves Coalition. I’m a huge fan of surf films, so you can count me in. And what better place to view a great film about surfing, about preserving the natural beauty of our planet, than Folly Beach? Well, Santa Cruz would be better. But, Folly Beach is nice too. In the immortal words of Edmund O’Brien, “it’ll do.” Just take Folly Rd. until you can’t take it any further, then follow the signs to the Film Festival. Stick around afterwards for the ChasDoc closing party, which will begin at 9:25.







ChasDoc 2006 kick-off party is today
The Charleston Documentary Film Festival’s opening party is tonight at the Navy Yard at Noisette, from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. Be sure to join in for an evening of films, music, cocktails, art, friends and fun. Festival screenings begin Friday, October 6 at 5:30pm. For a full list of films, times, locations, as well as other information, visit the ChasDoc website.










The Film Club meets this Wednesday, October 4 @ 7:00pm in Septima Clark Auditorium (Education Center 118)
This week’s installment in the ¡Cult Films! series is Bruce Robinson’s Withnail & I (1987). The film stars Richard E. Grant (Withnail) and Paul McGann (I) as two failing actors living in a squalid flat in late-sixties Camden and desperately seeking employment and booze (mostly booze…well, only booze). Withnail & I is the quintessential cult film. It’s twisted, obscure, chock full of quotable lines, and, most importantly, it’s got a small but incredibly devoted following. There are several fansites, multimedia archives and blogs devoted to the film (check out this site). Best of all, it’s just cracking good—arguably one of the funniest British films of all time. The film starts at 7:00pm in ECTR 118. As always, there will be an opportunity for informal discussion afterwards. Prepare yourself. Then join us.






New links added to the links page
Check them out here. And don’t forget the older links—especially this one. It’s a link to a film blog that comes highly recommended.






The College of Charleston Film Club meets this Wednesday, September 20
On Wednesday, September 20, the Film Club will be screening Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976). The film, which begins at 7:00 pm in ECTR 118, will kick off a semester-long series devoted to Cult Films (see 9/12/06 announcement below). Be sure to join us.






Still another film festival announcement!
Yes, it’s a hat trick. 3 film festival announcements in one day. The third festival is the 2007 Beaufort Film Festival, scheduled to take place February 22-24, 2007. Complete festival info is forthcoming, so keep an eye on the website for the latest.








Annoucing ChasDoc—the Charleston Documentary Film Festival, Oct. 5-8
ChasDoc is a not-for-profit organization created in February of this year. Its mission is to reach out to the Charleston community and provide information on how to produce documentary films that deal with issues of local and global concern such as the environment and human rights. The festival, which will cover 44 films in four days, takes place in a variety of venues, including downtown Charleston, the Navy Yard at Noisette in North Charleston, and Folly Beach. For more information, visit the ChasDoc website or send your questions to Justin Nathanson, executive director. Want to volunteer? ChasDoc needs you!













The Department of Hispanic Studies announces its Annual Film Festival
All films will be screened at 5:00pm in ECTR 118. The films for this year’s festival are: Machuca (dir. Andrés Wood, 2004), which will be screened at on Thursday, September 21. The film dramatizes, through the eyes of two young boys, the coup of Chile’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende in 1973; Habana Blues (dir. Benito Zambrano, 2005), which will be screened on Thursday, September 28. This film tells the story of two young Cuban musicians who, after signing with a U.S. record label, are told that if they want to be successful, they must include anti-Cuban messages in their songs; and The Motorcycle Diaries (dir. Walter Salles, 2004), which will be screened on Thursday, October 5. This award-winning film depicts the short but life-changing motorcycle trip that Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, later Che Guevara, the Cuban revolutionary, took through South America. There will be an opportunity, after each film, for brief discussion. The films are free and open to the public. The series is sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies, the Language Resource Center, and the Spanish Club.










Poet/author/filmmaker Sherman Alexie to speak in Physician’s Auditorium Wednesday, September 20.
Alexie is the author of Reservation Blues (1995) and several collections of short stories and poetry, including Indian Killer (1996) and Dangerous Astronomy (2005). He directed The Business of Fancydancing, a film based on his collection of poems by the same title. He also adapted the screenplay to his highly acclaimed short story collection, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993). The film was released by Miramax under the title Smoke Signals in 1999 and won the Independent Spirit Award, as well as the Audience Award at Sundance. For more info about Sherman Alexie, you can visit his website here. Alexie is not just a gifted storyteller, he is a damn funny guy. Please join us Wednesday, September 20 in Physician’s Auditorium at 6:00pm. The talk is sponsored by the President’s Speaker Series.








The College of Charleston Film Club announces its Fall film series
The Film Club plans to begin its next film series next week. This Fall’s series is devoted to the cult film—a film that has a small but devoted following. Unlike most cult films series, however, the Film Club’s Cult Film Series includes films that are so obscure, so unusual that they haven’t even found a cult (yet!). Along with the more familiar titles, such as Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train and Sam Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia are small oddities such as Todd Haynes’s banned animated short film, Superstar: the Karen Carpenter Story, Jayne Loader’s and Kevin Rafferty’s campy documentary The Atomic Café, and Bruce Robinson’s Withnail and I. You can check out the screening schedule here (just click on the poster to learn more about a film).







Yes, I know, this page is supposed to be devoted to news. But not since Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice,” starring Christopher Walken, have I so thoroughly enjoyed a music video, so I am posting a link to OK Go’s “Here it Goes Again.” OK Go will be performing the treadmill dance on MTV’s Video Music Awards.






English 212: Cinema History and Criticism screenings schedule
All films are shown in Education Center (ECTR) 118 at 7:00 pm.












Dudley Andrew to speak at the College of Charleston
Andrew is the R. Seldon Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books on film, including The Major Film Theories, Concepts in Film Theory, and Andre Bazin. His most recent work includes Mists of Regret: Culture and Sensibility in Classic French Film, The Image in Dispute, and Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture. This year, Andrew was elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Andrew will speak on Thursday, August 31 at 5:30pm in Wachovia Auditorium, Beatty Center. His talk is entitled "A Cinema to Discover," and it takes as its subject the prevailing idea that the cinema, in this digital audio-visual culture, is in decline. Andrew will address, by going through the territory of traditional film theory, how the cinema, in particular the feature film, is still on its never-ending voyage of discovery.  Download a copy of the flyer here.










Peter Wentworth to teach at the College of Charleston
Wentworth, a nationally recognized independent filmmaker and producer (Metropolitan, The Dream Catcher, My Sister’s Wedding), will be teaching in the Arts Management Program in the Fall 2006 semester. The course, entitled “Entrepeneurial Arts Management,” will focus on managing film projects, commercial galleries and book publishing. How exciting is this? Just ask Paul Myers-Davis, who interned with Wentworth in 2005. College of Charleston Magazine writes that Myers-Davis’s internship with Wentworth “opened his eyes in ways he didn’t expect.” Wentworth is a part-time resident of Charleston and has written on Charleston’s little-known history as a mecca for early twentieth-century filmmaking.







Update: Film Courses for Summer 2006
Interested in taking a film course over the summer? Well, click here for a short list of what’s available.







Eisenstein’s classic Battleship Potemkin to be screened during Piccolo Spoleto
Come and see one of the most important films of the 20th century, Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925). The film will be screened outdoors in Marion Square, Sunday May 28 at 9:00pm, with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and member of the Piccolo Conservatory Orchestra performing Dimitri Shostakovich’s original score. Don’t miss this event—it’s montage of attractions, Soviet style! For more info, click here.









The College of Charleston Film Club meets this Thursday, April 13
After a well-deserved break after the immensely successful 1st Annual Student Film Festival on March 30, the Film Club will reconvene for its second-to-last screening this Thursday at 7:00pm in Maybank 107. We will be watching Junebug (dir. Phil Morrison). This is the story of an art dealer from Chicago named Madeleine (played by Embeth Davidtz) who travels to North Carolina to stay with her husband’s in-laws while she tracks down a local artist. Madeleine begins to discover in this seemingly stereotypical Southern American family something far more complex and morally ambiguous. Not your standard “Northerner versus Southerner” film.






Update: Film Courses for Maymester and Fall 2006
Interested in taking a film course or two next Fall? Next Maymester? Well, click here for a sample of what’s available! All courses count towards the Film Studies minor. Contact me, the Film Studies advisor, for more info.






The 1st Annual College of Charleston Student Film Festival is TONIGHT!!!
Join us tonight in ECTR 118 at 7:00 pm for an informative discussion of student filmmaking, followed by films by College of Charleston students. You can download a flyer here.















Cougar Activities Board presents free flicks at the American Theater and South Windemere Cinemas

Chick Flick Week - March 27-29

Monday, March 27 - The Notebook

Tuesday, March 28 - Brown Sugar

Wednesday, March 29 - Love Actually

These movies will start at 7 pm @ the American Theater - 446 King St.


Sneak Peek - American Dreamz - April 4

You've seen the previews of this new film starring Mandy Moore, Hugh Grant and Dennis Quaid here

CAB will be sponsoring a FREE advanced screening of this movie at the South Windmere Theater on James Island: South Windmere Cinemas—94 Folly Road Blvd (843) 571-2346  You can pick up your free passes at the Stern Center Info Desk from now until they're gone!






The 1st Annual College of Charleston Student Film Festival is coming…
Join us March 30th in ECTR 118 at 7:00 pm for an informative discussion of student filmmaking, followed by original films by College of Charleston students. You can download a flyer here.








The Italian Program at the College of Charleston presents the Italian Film Festival 2006: New Italian Cinema
This year the Italian Festival is being held on March 27-28 in Sottile Theater. You can download a full program list here. In addition to screenings of films by a number of interesting and talented contemporary Italian filmmakers, the festival will include introductory remarks by Dr. Rita Venturelli, Director of the Italian Cultural Institue in Washington, D.C., and a talk by Stephania Lucamante, Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Catholic University, Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.








The College of Charleston Film Club meets this Thursday, March 23
On Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 pm, the Film Club will be showing the critically acclaimed independent film, The Squid and the Whale (dir. Noah Baumbach, 2005). It is Brooklyn, 1986, and the Berkman family is collapsing. As Joan (Laura Linney) and Bernard (Jeff Daniels) drag each other through a bitter divorce, they become more and more consumed by rage and resentment. Meanwhile their two young boys, Walt and Frank, try to cope in their own, peculiar ways. Cheerless but genuine, this film will not fail to move you.









The College of Charleston Film Club meets this Thursday, March 16
On Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 pm, the Film Club will be screening Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (USA, 1992). Tarantino’s first feature length film garnered a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1992. Although it did not win, the film had an immediate impact on films and filmmaking in America. Few directors have been imitated so quickly and so widely. The screening is part of the Groundbreaking Films of World Cinema series, but it is also our tribute to the late Chris Penn, who died January 24th of this year. Join us in a new room, ECTR 118.













“Amadeus, Amadeus”
On Tuesday, March 14, the College of Charleston Film Club will be presenting Milos Forman’s Academy-Award winning film, Amadeus (1984). Based on Peter Shaffer’s successful play, the film is a dramatization of the last ten years of Mozart’s life. The jealous Salieri (played by F. Murray Abraham), haunted as much by Mozart’s music as he is by his infantile behavior and filthy mouth, plans to get his revenge on an unjust God by destroying the genius composer (played by Tom Hulce). Beautifully photographed and full of fine performances. Music ain’t bad either. The screening, which is part of The Age of Mozart, the College-wide celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday, is at 7:00pm in the Stern Center Ballroom. Come see the film, and then return to the Stern Center Ballroom at 3:15 pm on Thursday, March 16, for a roundtable discussion of Shaffer’s play and Forman’s film. The panel will include me, Richard Bodek (Department of History), Bill Gudger (Department of Music), Caroline Hunt (Department of English), and Allen Lyndrup (Department of Theater). Students from the Department of Theater will be performing excerpts from Allen Lyndrup’s new play, “Wolfie.” There will also be film and video clips. You can learn more about Mozart, and Charleston during the Age of Mozart, by visiting here.






REMINDER: the entry deadline for the 1st Annual Student Film Festival is March 1st.
Do you have a film? Know a fellow student who has a film? Get it to us! Submissions must be in DVD or VHS format and should be accompanied by the submission form, available here.








The College of Charleston Film Club meets this Thursday, February 23
As part of its ongoing series, Groundbreaking Films in World Cinema, the Film Club will present John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy (1969). Based on the novel by James Leo Hirlihy. Highlighted by stunning performances by Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voigt (both received Oscar nominations for Best Actor), this film was condemned for its explicit depiction of the New York underworld of street hustling. But there’s no denying that beneath the grit and grime lies a very moving tale of love, loyalty, and redemption. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Join us in Maybank 107 at 7:00pm.








The College of Charleston Film Club Road Trip!
The Film Club will be going to the Full Frame Documentary Festival, April 7-9th in Durham, North Carolina, one of the premier documentary fests in the nation. The club will be able to cover almost all costs of attending, depending on the number of people who show interest. If enough people show interest in going, you might be looking at $50 or less for a student pass, travel expenses and hotel. Pretty good deal.






The College of Charleston Film Club meets this Thursday, February 16
The Film Club will discuss the upcoming Student Film Festival (March 30). If you’re a Film Club member, or just someone interested in learning more about the Festival, please join us at 7:00 pm in Maybank 107. We could use your help!









The 16th Annual Bonterra Lowcountry Blues Bash: February 10-19
The Charleston County Public Library is hosting this year’s Blues Bash, which includes live performances by artists such as Big Ron Hunter, Jonathan Kalb, Eddie Kirkland, and others. In addition, two terrific documentary films will be screened. The first is Mandy Stein’s 2002 documentary on Mississippi backwoods bluesmen, You See Me Laughin’. The film will be shown February 15 at 6:30pm. The second film is Christine Hall’s 1989 documentary on great women blues performers, Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues. This film will be shown February 16 at 6:30pm. Both films will be screened in the Main Library Auditorium (68 Calhoun St.). For more information, you can visit the Blues Bash website here.







The College of Charleston Film Club is sponsoring a screening of Capote this Thursday, February 9
Taking a break from the Groundbreaking Films of World Cinema series, the Film Club will be meeting at the Regal Charles Towne Square in North Charleston (2401 Mall Drive). The film starts at 7:10pm. The Club has $50 to contribute to group tickets, and it is asking for people to show up by 6:50. Directed by Bennett Miller, this film is nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman).









The College of Charleston Film Club meets again Thursday, February 2
This week’s installment in the Groundbreaking Films of World Cinema series is Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali (India, 1955). This is Ray’s first film and it is also the first film in what is commonly known as the “Apu Trilogy” (Aparajito and The World of Apu complete the trilogy in 1956 and 1959, respectively). Ray is India’s first internationally recognized filmmaker, and Sight and Sound’s critics’ poll placed Pather Panchali in the top ten films of all time. The film, based on the book by Bibhutibhushan Banerjee, tells the very moving story of a Brahmin family struggling to make ends meet at the beginning of the twentieth century. Beautifully photographed by Subrata Mitra, with music by Ravi Shankar. Join us this Thursday at 7:00pm in Maybank 107.











Announcement update: the 29th Carolina Film & Video Festival
The official schedule has been announced for the 29th Annual Carolina Film Festival & Video Festival, February 22-25. Not only did the organizers receive more submissions than anticipated, the competition is “tougher than ever.” This year, the Festival has partnered with Carousel Cinemas to celebrate Winners’ Night (February 25). Competitive screenings will be held at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Elliot University Center (February 22-24). The festival also features workshops and presentations exploring the many aspects of filmmaking, featuring judges Steve Clements, Charles Kanganis, and Matt Lendach. And be sure to catch the 2006 Distinguished North Carolina Filmmaker Ross McElwee who will be screening his critically acclaimed film, Bright Leaves February 24. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session. For more information, call the Carolina Film and Video Festival, (336) 334-4197.









Actor Chris Penn, dead at age 40
Best known for his role as Nice Guy Eddie Cabot in Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992), Penn appeared in over 50 films, including Short Cuts (dir. Robert Altman, 1993) and Mulholland Falls (dir. Lee Tamahori, 1996). Despite living in the shadow of his talented older brother, Sean, Chris Penn managed to distinguish himself with consistently strong performances—especially as Chez Tempio in The Funeral (dir. Abel Farrera, 1997), perhaps his finest role.











The College of Charleston Film Club meets again Thursday, January 26
This week’s installment in the Groundbreaking Films of World Cinema series is Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun (Germany, 1979). One of the leading figures in das neue Kino (New German Cinema), Fassbinder helped re-establish in the eyes of the world the legitimacy of German cinema with this, his most remarkable work. At turns tragic, comic, and melodramatic, The Marriage of Maria Braun tells the story of a young woman determined to maintain her dignity and independence as she struggles to survive in the rubble of postwar Berlin. Says Fassbinder of his craft, “I don’t want to create realism the way it’s usually done in films. It’s a collision between film and the subconscious that creates a new realism. If my films are right, then a new realism comes about in the head, which changes the social reality.” Join us Thursday at 7:00pm in Maybank 107.








The College of Charleston Film Club meets again Thursday, January 19
This week’s film is Spike Lee’s controversial Do the Right Thing (USA, 1989). 1990 winner of several Film Critics awards, including Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. The release of this film was a watershed moment in African-American cinema. Of Lee and Do the Right Thing, writer/director Paul Schrader has said: “Art doesn’t need to be responsible. Art can be incendiary. Art can be inflammatory. Spike has been held to an extraordinary level of responsibility, and he has risen to it. Which was more than we should ever ask of any artist, and to his great credit that he did.”  Join us at 7:00 pm in Maybank 107.










Film Movement at the Charleston County Public Library
Did you know that the CCPL participates in a critically acclaimed nationwide DVD-of-the-month club? Film Movement selects 12 films a year—usually small, but exciting independent features that have caught the attention of audiences at the world’s top film festivals—and then distributes them to film clubs, libraries, schools, and museums around the country. It’s a wonderful resource that can bring a film-hungry community like Charleston together. Join the movement this February 7 at 7:00pm at the CCPL’s Main Branch (68 Calhoun St.) for a screening of Anytown, U.S.A. (dir. Kristian Fraga, 2005).











The College of Charleston Film Club will meet Thursday, January 12
It’s another installment in the Groundbreaking Films in World Cinema series. This week the Film Club will be screening Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde (USA, 1967), starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Truly groundbreaking for its time, this film, perhaps more than any other, changed the way movies were made in America. Says director Arthur Penn, “What was happening at that time in Hollywood was that enormous power had developed upon the directors because the studio system had kind of collapsed. We were really running it, so we could introduce this new perception of how to make another kind of movie.” Join us this Thursday n6ght at 7:00pm in Maybank 107.






English 351: Studies in American Film screenings schedule
All films are shown Tuesdays @ 7pm in ECTR 118. Date and location subject to change.







Announcing the 1st Annual College of Charleston Student Film Festival, March 30 2006!
Got a film? Got an idea for a film? Start shooting now, because the 1st Annual CofC Student film festival wants you! Click here to learn all the exciting details and to download the application form. Entries are due March 1, 2006.

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